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Category Archives: Philosophy

CTDL 200: On the sacred and the study

“The religious impulse addresses something just as concrete as the pursuit of scientific or historical knowledge: it addresses the human need for the sacred.” — Chris Hedges in I Don’t Believe in Athiests.
“His argument was not with God, but with those who believed that our understanding of the sacred had been completed.” — Ann Druyan [...]

CTDL 199: Fungi to the rescue

I’ve got visions of radioactive mushroom monsters roaming the countryside eating stray dogs… but aside from that it sounds like an interesting idea.

Dundee University researchers have found evidence that fungi can “lock” depleted uranium into a mineral form.
This would make it more difficult for the heavy metal – used in armour-piercing shells – [...]

CTDL 193: Atomic bomb results

The photos are not for the faint of heart, but are something everybody who votes should see. I don’t advocate peace at all cost (sometimes that cost is too high), but it’s always good to have some perspective into what the outcomes of a given action might be. The linked site has some very graphic [...]

CTDL 179: Look Buzz an Alien!

Interesting theology from the vatican.

The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, was quoted as saying the vastness of the universe means it is possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones.
“How can we rule out that life may have developed elsewhere?” Funes said. “Just as [...]

CTDL 178: Creature of Habit

I love the bold there. Make a new habit, learn an instrument, or just drive a new route to work. Become a creature of new and interesting habits.

HABITS are a funny thing. We reach for them mindlessly, setting our brains on auto-pilot and relaxing into the unconscious comfort of familiar routine. “Not choice, but habit [...]

CTDL 173: Kill impulse purchasing

I love this idea for curbing frivolous spending:

The No Credit Needed financial blog suggests a “$100 rule,” in which any purchase price is divided by that amount and considered for that many days—a $300 PlayStation 3 gets re-considered for three days, a $1,400 MacBook is delayed for two weeks of researching, and so forth.
[From Money: [...]

CTDL 171: Doc gives it up to give back

Artress found work with another clinic in Arusha, where he ended up in what amounted to a crash course in tropical diseases.
On his first day, a patient with a neck abscess the size of a baseball came in. The resident doctor handed Artress a scalpel.
“I am an anesthesiologist. I don’t do [...]

CTDL 170: Global plateauing

Looking forward, the model projects a weakening of the MOC and a resulting cooling of north Atlantic waters, which will act to keep temperatures in check around the world, much as the warming and cooling associated with El Nino and La Nina in the Pacific bring global consequences.
“We have to take into account [...]

CTDL 163: Does your right to affordable ethanol trump somebody else’s right to food?

The flip side would probably be related to pollution, climate change, and death due to rising seas for people in low lying areas of the world.

Led by secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, officials want to mitigate the impact of the steep rise in staple food prices and prevent food shortages worsening.
The World Food Programme [...]

CTDL 159: A Wikipedia on the ad breaks

The more I read about it, the more I think I’m destined to read Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody. This little excerpt from a talk he gave on the subject is a great example of why.

She heard this story and she shook her head and said, “Where do people find the time?” That was her [...]